Lately, I have been extremely interested in the intersections between the autistic community (my community) and the anti-racism work that I am involved with both at the city and in my personal life. Most particularly, I am trying to identify ways that I, and the community as a whole, can be both actively anti-racist AND celebrating of the awesome diversity within the autism and other adjacent neurospicy communities. And then a week or two back I discovered Levert the Bassman’s account on TikTok. This guy (I am assuming gender, based on Bassman) is incredible. Not only could I listen to him talk all day, every video of his I watch is like a mini masterclass.
I will be writing (and talking on the podcast) more about autism and anti-racism over on JimBob Jones in the next couple of weeks. It would be beyond amazing if I could interview Levert the Bassman, too, but I’m a nobody.
Back at the beginning of December, I took inventory of the tunes and songs that I know, that are callable in a jam (meaning I know them well enough to lead, teach, sing, etc), and was disappointed with the small number. As a result, I launched into a end-of-the-year sprint to learn three new tunes and two songs each week, trying to add an additional 12 tunes and 8 songs.
I was not quite as productive as I hoped, adding only 7 new tunes and 2 songs. Looking back, I could have paced things better, but it looks like 2 tunes and a song a week is my comfortable limit at the moment. As a result, I have revised the 2023 Tune of the Week list and the 2023 Song of the Week list down to two tunes and two songs for each week.
Those who follow a strictly Gregorian calendar (and a whole lot of people who don’t know what that means) are celebrating the beginning of a new year and the opportunity for a fresh start today. While my life operates across a number of different calendars – fiscal, astral, seasonal, etc – I appreciate the opportunity to pause, reflect, and make corrections to my life. That is as true with my sleeping habits as it is my music, writing, painting, and other creative endeavors.